Odds are you spend a good chunk of your day
inside a web browser but which one is fastest? To test we’ve got a midrange PC running
the Windows 10 Technical Preview and a 2013 11 inch MacBook Air, both of which are outfitted
with SSDs to keep things fair. The reason we’re using Windows 10 is Project Spartan.
This is an all new browser Microsoft will be including in Windows 10 to replace Internet
Explorer. There’s a very early version of this included in the Technical Preview which
you can access by going to about:flags in IE 11 and turning on the experimental features.
This should give us a pretty decent look at how Spartan will match up once Windows 10
comes out. The first test we’ve got is Peacekeeper which is a good general test of how a browser
performs. On Windows it’s surprisingly close between Firefox, Chrome and Opera. You can
see Spartan slightly improves from Internet Explorer but it still trails quite a bit behind.
Over on the Mac side things are still close but here Firefox pulls a bit more of a lead.
Here Chrome and Opera pull out the win which makes sense as they share a lot of DNA however
the big surprise is Spartan, it’s a massive improvement over Internet Explorer. On Yosemite
it’s basically the same story, Chrome is the performance champ with Firefox and Safari
trailing behind. Now let’s take a look at the HTML5 test to see which browser supports
the most HTML features. Again Chrome and Opera pull out the win here followed by Firefox
and Safari. Spartan improves only slightly but this of course is still a very early version.
Browserscope is a simple test that checks how many common web threats your browser can
block. And surprise, surprise, Chrome and Opera do well here but the really interesting
thing is the fairly poor performance of Safari and especially Firefox. A new test this time
around is the Unity WebGL benchmark. This is all about checking out the gaming performance
in some of the latest browser based games. The benchmark didn’t behave very well in
Windows but on Mac it’s obvious that Firefox is the way to go for WebGL content with the
rest falling quite a ways behind. Next I tested how long it takes to start each browser and
then load the Google homepage. Here we see Project Spartan pull out a huge win by loading
in just over a half second, beating out even Internet Explorer thanks to being built-in
to Windows. On Mac it’s still quite a bit closer with Chrome edging out the win but
there’s still less than a one second difference between all four. To see how well each of
the browsers will run on older computers I loaded up eight popular websites and measured
how much memory they each use. On Windows Firefox is impressively lightweight, needing
quite a bit less RAM than the rest of the field. Spartan also does a good job, improving
quite a bit over Internet Explorer. On Mac Safari pulls out a slight win where Opera
falls quite a bit behind. While it’s hard to go wrong with browsers these days Chrome
is still the most solid choice for both Windows and Mac. So what browser are you guys using?
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